month marks the start of one judicial career and the recognition of
the longevity of two others.
appointed Superior Court Judge Bill Houser, who was selected by
Gov. Jay Inlsee to replace Steve Dixon, will be sworn into office
Monday, March 31, at 3 p.m. in the County Commissioner’s
will not have much time to get acquainted with his new job before
standing for election in the fall.
Thursday, March 27, the Washington State Association for Justice
will honor two long-serving Kitsap judges for their 20 years of
service, Superior Court Judge Jay Roof and Poulsbo Municipal Court
Judge Jeffrey Tolman.
event will be held atMcCormick
Woods Golf and Country Club in Port Orchard from 5 p.m. to 6:30
Although holding up to an ounce of
pot, or 28 grams, is now legal, you can still be cited and
prosecuted for a misdemeanor if you are found with between 28 grams
and 40 grams. Those are the charges the ACLU set out to find.
And the ACLU found very few.
In 2012, the year I-502 passed, there
were 5,531 misdemeanor pot charges filed statewide, according to
In the 2013, when the law took effect,
there were 120 charges filed.
Quite the drop.
That steep decline is reflected in
local numbers as well.
In 2012, 138 adults were cited for
misdemeanor pot possession in Kitsap.
Last year: six.
Below you will find the statewide
numbers, and below that the Kitsap numbers. All data was provided
by the ACLU of Washington, which obtained its numbers by filing a
records request with the state Administrative Office of the
Ebert of Gig Harbor had a meeting at Seattle Center on Tuesday
morning and took a shortcut through
thought about stopping for a cup of coffee, but then kept walking
toward Broad Street.
satellite dishes attached to the building that house the KOMO
television station caught her eye.
noticed that before,” she thought to herself.
the roof of the building a helicopter was preparing to take
four minutes later, at 7:40 a.m., she heard a boom and looked out
the window to see smoke billowing from where a helicopter leased by
KOMO had crashed and exploded, killing two.
whose daughter Katerina
Kailey is digital sales manager at the Kitsap Sun, at first did
not know it was a helicopter crash. She thought it must have been
an accident at a construction site nearby.
wasn’t until she received a call from Kailey that she heard the
news. Others arrived shaken, having witnessed the aircraft explode.
Her thoughts went to those who had been hurt, and those she later
learned had been killed.
that by chance she missed being rained down on by a crashing
meeting went forward, but everybody was subdued.
one of those things,” Ebert said.
that in life, success is a matter of being in the right place at
the right time.
moratorium on executions didn’t stop prosecutors from seeking
the death penalty and defense attorneys from appealing death
to a records request filed by the Kitsap Sun on Feb. 18, the state
Department of Corrections reported it has none of the drug used in
executions and has no idea of how to get more.
the courts gave their blessing to an execution, and Inslee hadn’t
vowed to step in and put a hold on it, it isn’t clear how the state
would execute the
nine men currently on death row.
state’s primary method of execution is lethal injection, though it
offers hanging to condemned inmates.
Department of Corrections does not have a current supply of
pentobarbital, thiopental sodium or any other drug used in
executions,” the department reported March 5. “We have no responsive records
describing how the DOC could obtain more sodium thiopental, or
other drugs used in executions, in the event that executions resume
and the current method is retained.”
The European Union has enacted bans on
importing drugs used in capital punishment to the U.S.
Manufacturers of the drugs also refused to sell them when it was
clear they were to be used in executions.
it was reported that much of Delaware’s stock of the drugs used
in lethal injection has expired.
marked 80 days since
Christina Boshears died, and although family, friends and
investigators have already been waiting nearly three months for a
determination of what killed her, they may have to wait
15 Boshears was taken from the Kitsap County Jail to Harrison
Medical Center after she was observed having trouble breathing.
Friends and family say she was fragile from years of drug addition,
a recent overdose and then relapse, and had been withdrawing from
heroin in the jail while being held for what amounts to a parole
those who loved her, the thought of a woman whose worst crimes were
always directed at herself dying in this way heaped heartbreak upon
in Sheriff’s Office custody, and the Port Orchard Police are
investigating Christina’s death, but are waiting on the Coroner
Greg Sandstrom to rule on her cause of death. To do that, he needs
to be certain his ruling is correct.
trying to cover every base here,” he said Wednesday.
typical sample is blood, and also urine,” said Brianna Peterson,
lab manager for the toxicology lab.
on Boshears blood came back. Sandstrom had it sent back for
retesting, which means it goes to the back of the line. The first
test found no significant trace of drugs in her system.
is fairly important in his line of work. And accuracy takes
got to wait in line like everybody else,” he said.
days seems like a lot, especially considering when the public is
exposed to crime science, it’s usually on TV.
it takes may take some by surprise, Peterson said.
only know about it from watching TV, yes, it is probably surprising
to them,” she said.
all, those models-turned-detectives need only an hour, including
might be a little while yet, I hate to say it,” Sandstrom
the hold up is the volume of work the lab does. Peterson said the
department handled 11,000 cases last year. An average wait time for
results is about 30 days. Thirteen scientists work in the
cases can be much less, if it’s just alcohol present or no drugs,”
she said. “You can have cases that have eight drugs in them, and we
have to do lots of different tests to confirm.”
although they don’t visit crime scenes, often enough they are
called to courtrooms across the state to testify.
isn’t helping the lab lighten its load. The Coroner’s Office is
also waiting for toxicology results from the autopsy of
Pamela L. McNeil, who body was found in a ditch on Clear Creek
Road Feb. 27. Investigators said they do not suspect foul
of the state isn’t helping either. Whenever there is a death that
requires a closer look to determine cause, and most of the time
when an autopsy is performed, and often enough in an impaired
driving case, the lab will receive a package in the mail. The
package will contain blood, and sometimes urine.
chalked it up to a moral victory, considering the group formed late
and had to make up their team from two high schools, Klahowya
Secondary School and Bremerton High School.
the team produced the Best Witness, as selected by jurors. Jacynda
Hoyson, a senior at Klahowya, testified for the prosecution as a
the mock trials allows student to practice practicing law, the
skills that go into making and defending a strong case are valued
in most careers. Logic, writing, public speaking, teamwork,
strategic and critical thinking are useful in just about every
team’s coaches, Central Kitsap attorneys Ashley Armstrong and
Stacey Saunders, believe next year will see more teams and more
prepared teams. This year the competition team was not formed until
after the Christmas break.
can get those commitments early on, that’s a lot more time to
really reach into the substance behind (the case),” said Saunders.
“This year was about exposure, next year we will get a lot more
also received two nominations. Ian Mount, Klahowya, was a runner up
for best attorney, and Andrew Galloway, Klahowya, was up for best